I am so thrilled to be part of Jaye L. Knight's blog tour for The King's Scrolls!! I have been excitedly waiting for the book to come out since ... well, for a long time! *smiles*
So do stay awhile! Read more about The King's Scrolls (ILYON CHRONICLES #2), get to know the author through my interview questions, enter a great giveaway, and check out my review for this fantastic novel!
About the Book
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
Title: The King's Scrolls
Author: Jaye L. Knight
Series: Ilyon Chronicles #2
Audience: New Adult
~ MY REVIEW ~
An epic continuation of the Ilyon Chronicles, The King’s Scrolls takes off where Resistance ended with breath-taking action and adventure, and poignant themes of faith.
Kyrin and Jace, along with Kyrin’s twin brother, Kaden, are settling in Landale camp; happy to be together and safe from Emperor Daican’s merciless laws. But everything … is about to change.
Cretes and dragons, dangerous escapades and heart-rending death sentences … and one precious copy of the King’s Scrolls.
Will they be able to retrieve the valuable words of Elôm before they lose everything? And is there hope for the Altair family to ever be together again?
Let me just sit here wordlessly and think about the thrilling adventure I just finished. I love it, I love it. The characters come more alive as new challenges are hurled their way … and secondary-characters less known in Resistance are at last explored. Let me just say … prepare to have your heart torn out a few times. But you will be utterly thrilled, satisfied, and awaiting more when you reach the last page of The King’s Scrolls.
Can I just say that I love Kyrin’s brothers?? I was so, so happy to get to know Liam, what a great guy! It was also spectacular to meet Marcus, Michael, and Ronny personally. And Kaden, as always, has a special place in my heart, *smiles* Jace … his desire to protect Kyrin is just heart-melting. Their sweet, endearing, steadfast relationship is one of my favorite parts of the Ilyon Chronicles. So yeah, that handsome, half-ryrik is also an amazing young man! I just can’t wait to read more of him … discover his personality and background even more! Can we hope for such an in-depth journey, Jaye? ^_^ The cretes were intriguing characters as well (and the DRAGONS!!); I really enjoyed meeting Leetra and Talas, as well as Captain Darq. Oh, and Timothy! Excited to read more of him! A charming and heart-felt array of characters for sure. Love it. Though I can’t say the General charmed me any as I saw more of his nasty behavior, he was definitely a great “bad guy” character. OH! Prince Daniel!! His struggle … his dry humor, *winks* ... his potential. Please write a book for him, Jaye!! ^_^
Now that I gushed on forever about the characters … *grins* Let me warn you again that The King’s Scrolls is not a light read, just as the book before it wasn’t. Once again, we explore some really hard situations with Kyrin and Jace ... once again (more than ever this time), Jaye L. Knight makes us cry. Once again, God’s grace and power shines through.
What a harrowing adventure. I cried out all my tears probably during the middle section of the book. Then the end-ish was a mad-dash height of action. Whew. Prepare to be enthralled and terrified, breathless and exhilarated. This is one journey you don’t want to miss. Entrancing fantasy, people, truly.
I beta read The King’s Scrolls a few months ago in October, but this novel didn’t fail to delight me a second time. I can’t wait for my little sister to read it (she LOVES Resistance), and I keep wanting to ask my mom and my older brother to try them out too! *smiles* I believe the Ilyon Chronicles has the potential to captivate a lot of different ages.
I suppose what makes this series so special is the Christian-allegory at the center of it. It weaves together such real-life scenarios… almost has a futuristic touch. But then it also reflects the difficult times of ancient Rome when Christians were thrown into an arena for their beliefs. We have some deep moments, situations, and struggles in The King’s Scrolls … that we as followers of Christ can absolutely relate to. It’s an incredible tale. And why else is it such a great book … well, because Jaye L. Knight just has an amazing imagination and creates vivid fantasy worlds, characters, and circumstances.
If you haven’t read this series yet, then order a copy of Resistance (Book One) today. And The King’s Scrolls as soon as it comes out! *smiles* The Ilyon Chronicles is a fascinating, non-magic fantasy series that is sure to capture your interest and your heart.
I received a copy of The King's Scrolls from the author in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Interview with Jaye L. Knight
Me: Are you the oldest, middle, or youngest girl in your family? :)
Jaye: I’m the oldest and only girl in my family. I have two younger brothers. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a sister, but I’m cool with brothers. :) They make life plenty interesting. ;)
Me: I bet! :) I have two younger brothers also... :)
So you’re gluten-free, right? What’s a favorite recipe you’ve found as a result?
Jaye: Yes, I’ve been gluten-free for almost three years now, and it’s been wonderful for my health. I think my all-time favorite GF recipe is a white cake recipe. One of the things I thought I’d miss most about going gluten free was the cake at our local bakery. So when our birthdays rolled around after first going gluten free, I knew I had to find a good recipe. The first one I tried happened to be absolutely delicious. It is actually even better than the cake from our bakery. Seriously, it’s that good. You would never be able to tell it’s GF. I would have linked to the recipe, but I just found out the blog I got it from is no longer a public blog. :/ Thank goodness we printed the recipe.
Me: I love that when the gluten-free version tastes better than the normal! :) My graduation party cake was like that.
Do you have writing plans beyond Ilyon Chronicles? If so, what are they?
Jaye: I keep asking myself the same question. Of course, I will keep on writing, I’m just not exactly sure what I’ll be writing yet when the series comes to an end. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head. One of the most complete ideas is for a trilogy of possible novellas centering around assassins and a story of redemption. I’m sort of planning on that being my next project since the first book/novella is already started and I have a lot of good ideas building for it. I also really want to write more about gladiators. There isn’t quite enough about that in Ilyon Chronicles to satisfy my interest in them. All I know for sure is that my next project will more than likely be more fantasy. :)
Me: Great! Fantasy is my favorite! :) The assassins/redemption stories sound intriguing also... excited!! :)
Favorite holiday- Why?
Jaye: I’d say the 4th of July. I absolutely love that time of year. I’m a total summer girl. If I could, I’d have it be summer all year round. And I like to go out and watch the fireworks. I just think it’s fun. :)
Me: I'd have to agree with you there, 4th of July, summer all year long, and fireworks. Sounds perfect! :)
Tomboy, girly-girl, or in-between?
Jaye: I don’t think I’ve ever been much of a girly-girl, except, maybe, when I was really little. From about twelve to sixteen I was very much a tomboy, a result of growing up with only brothers. Since we played together all the time, it was fun to more or less be “one of the boys.” After that, I evened out and hit a happy medium. I’m still not much of a girly-girl. I rarely wear dresses or skirts, except on special occasions. I don’t wear much jewelry or makeup either. My ideal outfit is a cute t-shirt, nice jeans, and a pair of cowboy boots with some jewelry that means something to me. I do like to look cute and feminine, though. :) So I’m definitely in-between.
Me: Sounds like a mixture of me and my sister, :) I probably tend to lean a little more toward girly-girl than tomboy, but I do love the country girl look! :)
What character from the Ilyon Chronicles are you most like?
Jaye: Jace. You know, except for the fact that he’s male and I’m female. ;) Our personalities are very similar. We’re both quiet and a bit reserved when it comes to meeting new people. And I know what it’s like to be depressed, hurt, and mistrustful of others. Jace is kind of the product of the more difficult times in my life, so I know him really, really well. Better than any of my other characters.
Me: That's really neat. It's interesting how author's personalities/experiences come out in some of their characters... I know that I've found mine do in my main character! :)
What’s one of your favorite past-times (besides reading)?
Jaye: Fleamarketing! :D I LOVE flea markets. The bigger the better. I could go to one every week if there were enough around. You see, I have a deep love for all things antique and primitive. I always half-jokingly say that my house is going to look like a museum (and I adore museums). I particularly love oil lamps. I’ve got about two dozen of them so far filling up shelves in my room. I can never pass up a good deal on one. I’m not sure how many I’ll stop at . . . if I ever stop. ;)
Me: That's so cool! Sounds fun for sure! :)
Thanks for being here, Jaye!! :)
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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed Epic Winter giveaway! Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
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Wednesday, February 25
· Tour Conclusion at Jaye L. Knight